The LaGrange AARP Chapter 3829 celebrated Christmas with a festive carry-in luncheon on December 6 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange. Lois Faust hosted the celebration featuring AARP State President Curt Sylvester and Linda Dunno, 2014 leader of the District Impact Team for the Third Congressional District.
President Sylvester gave an informative talk about AARP’s 2014 strategic plans. He explained how “one size fits all’ does not define seniors’ different age life needs. For example, the aging Baby Boomer generation has a growing care gap to deal with, involving a decline in the availability of family caregivers. Their issues are different from seniors aged 65-84 who have concerns of “self interest” or those 85 and older who “really want to know.” How can AARP reach the younger generation and their concerns? President Sylvester believes that new advertising and educational programs are an important part of reaching these boomers.
One such educational program would explain the Affordable Care Act, and how to live with it to help age 50+ adults to thrive and their communities to be stronger. Sylvester described supporting missions that create powerful opportunities for people age 50+ to help meet society’s greatest challenges.
A new AARP advertising campaign called “Future Champion” is a multigenerational focus designed to address “kids’ information” issues such as bilingual education and the state of health care and financial security. These offers include a Spanish–language website and You Tube channels and other informational resources.
AARP plans for the coming year include retirement home sidewalks, fraud prevention, the “You’ve Earned a Say” program, and preparation for finding caregiving and residences for retirement.
Sylvester reminded members of the AARP motto: “To serve. Not to be served.” He also reminded the group that AARP enhances the quality of life for everyone as they age, championing positive social change and delivering value through advocacy, information, and service.
After the meal, President Sylvester installed the following LaGrange Chapter 3829 AARP officers and board members for 2014: Lulu May Carney, president; Jim Kennah, vice president; Bess Gallagher, secretary; and Margaret Radle, treasurer. The new board members are Marilou Prough, Joe Feiertag, Lois Faust, and Mary McCormick, who was unable to attend the meeting.
Learn more about AARP and its 2014 plans at http://www.aarp.org.
All seniors are welcome to AARP meetings, both members and guests. The LaGrange chapter typically meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month (except July when there is no meeting) at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange. Anyone who is a member of the National AARP is eligible to join the LaGrange chapter for a small yearly fee.